VUSE, Siemens sponsor wastewater treatment workshop

The School of Engineering and Siemens Water Technologies Corporation are sponsors of a three-day workshop on wastewater treatment in Nashville Aug. 25-27. The event is being held at The Marriott Vanderbilt.

The workshop – Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Innovative Solutions to Difficult Problems – is open to a limited number of industry professionals. It will emphasize current advances in biological wastewater treatment processes for municipal and industrial applications.

Well-known experts in the field will discuss the theory, design and applications of these processes for sludge bulking control, nitrogen and phosphorus removal, improved process performance, and sludge reduction. Case studies for municipal and industrial operations will be presented.

The idea behind all biological methods of wastewater treatment is to introduce contact with bacteria (cells), which feed on the organic materials in the wastewater, thereby reducing its BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) content. In other words, the purpose of biological treatment is BOD reduction.

BOD refers to the amount of oxygen required by aerobic microorganisms to decompose the organic matter in water, such as that polluted by sewage. It is used as a measure of the degree of water pollution. It is also called “biological oxygen demand.”

W. Wesley Eckenfelder Jr., professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt, will speak about nitrogen removal and sludge processes. He joins a number of speakers from Siemens:  George Smith, Miquel Gutierrez, John Sheridan, Bryan Davis, Matthew Kuzma and Betty-Ann Curtis.

Other speakers represent Brown and Caldwell, CH2M-Hill, Hydroqual, Camp Dresser & McKee, Black and Veatch, Aq Wise, HDR, and two speakers from the city of Littleton, Colo.

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